Dozens of Palestinian and international activists who were participating in a peaceful procession on Palestinian orchards in Turmus Ayya town, east of Ramallah, were assaulted by Israeli soldiers.

The procession was held to mark the second anniversary of the death of government minister Ziad Aby Ein who was killed by Israeli army.

The peaceful protesters, while planting olive trees and marching for liberty and independence, were assaulted by the soldiers who fired gas bombs at them.

Many of the protesters suffered severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The Governor of Ramallah Laila Abu Ghanam said that the Palestinians will go on with their fight for freedom and independence, despite the increasing Israeli violence.

The minister added that Israel sent a direct message as an extremist fanatic government by clearing the soldier who killed Aby Ein, describing Israel’s justice system as a front “for this illegal occupation”.

“They are going down in history books as murderers,” she continued, “Our people will never quit this legitimate struggle for liberty, justice and independence.” 

“We want to live in peace, we don’t want our children to continue being killed by the soldiers,” she added.

The minister also noted that the resistance and determinations of the Palestinians echo their struggle around the world.

Palestinian civilians are repeatedly targeted by the Israeli regime in the occupied territories.

On Thursday, a Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli border police forces in the northern occupied West Bank.